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NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Red Letter Edition)

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Red Letter Edition)

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ECPA 2017 Christian Book of the Year Winner: Bibles

"How I wish someone had put a book like this into my hands 50 years ago." - N.T. Wright, Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

"Every line and every word in the Bible comes from a context -- historical, social, cultural, theological -- and speaks into those contexts -- sometimes against that culture, sometimes with that culture, and sometimes to expand that culture. In so doing the Bible models how we can speak from our culture and into our culture in every fresh and missional ways. The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible not only acknowledges this but engages ordinary readers in seeing what it looks like. I cannot recommend a study Bible any more than this one: Five stars!" - Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary.

"The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible is a well-conceived and brilliantly executed annotated Bible that focuses on the historical, cultural, and literary context of the Scriptures. It covers an enormous range of material, starting with the political, religious, and literary world of the ancient Near East and extending to the world of Jesus and the early church, describing Jewish and Christian life in an environment characterized by cosmopolitan diversity and yet dominated by Greco-Roman culture. Through an array of lucid charts, sidebars, and footnotes, readers are introduced to the myths, teachings, customs, literary conventions, and ideals of ancient peoples, and they are guided through the process of relating all of this to the meaning of the biblical text. One cannot properly interpret the Bible while reading it as though it had no cultural context. This study Bible will make the task of discovering that context far more approachable." - Duane A. Garrett, John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

"When I talk to laypeople about the most basic tools they need to own for engaging the Bible well, a great study Bible and backgrounds commentaries are near the top of the list. In the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible John Walton and Craig Keener have brought the two together in one impressive reference tool that will help people 'hear' the text of Scripture in accordance with how, when, and where God spoke biblical truth into the world. I am excited about this tool!" - George H. Guthrie, Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible, Union University.

This edition of the NIV is packed with features that clarify the Scriptures by revealing the cultural context in which they were written. Includes: colour photographs, book introductions, 10,000 notes, topical articles, words of Jesus in red, cross references, concordance, indexes, and more.
- Koorong


Context Changes Everything

The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that those who first heard the Scriptures read would have intuitively understood. For us to hear the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world.

That's what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.

The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Bible, with notes from Dr. John Walton in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig Keener in the New Testament, builds the knowledge base of this millennia-spanning cultural information for modern readers. This Bible helps readers set aside their own cultural perceptions and begin reading the Scriptures the way the original hearers did.


  • The full text of the NIV in study Bible format
  • Full-color page presentation with hundreds of photographs and images from around the world illustrating the included contextual information
  • In-depth book introductions that explain the context in which each book of the Bible was created, whether in the oral tradition or as it was written down by the Bible's 40+ authors
  • Over 10,000 verse-by-verse notes that shed light on the important details surrounding the context of the original writers and hearers/readers, opening new understanding to readers as they engage the text of Scripture
  • Dozens of charts, maps, diagrams, and other information in vivid color
  • In-depth articles on key contextual topics
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Full study Bible tools: cross references, a concordance, indexes and other helps

- Publisher

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A Study Bible Every Minister and Christian Should Own
5 stars By Dr. Bernard Low, Sep 04 2017
This new study Bible ought to be in the library of every minister or Christian. Through detailed book introductions, comments and notes on almost every page, and full-color maps and charts, the Bible student will learn about the cultural background of the biblical books which will shed interesting light and insight. For a long time, the Scriptures have been read through Western lens. This study Bible does the Christian Church a great service by underscoring the need for us to read and study the Bible against its cultural backdrop. Highly recommended!
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Great Bible
5 stars By Steven, Aug 02 2017
This is an excellent Bible by two of the most amazing and critical scholars of our time. if you enjoy this check out their 2 volume commentary the IVP Bible Background Commentary.
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Love the images
5 stars By Penina, May 26 2017
I love the charts, images, maps etc... It broadens your knowledge overall if you want to learn more ...
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Great reference Tool
4 stars By Bis, May 16 2017
Excellent layout, charts and maps and historical and cultural information to enhance your understanding of the Bible books. However I would define this Bible as a more historical background Bible than cultural. The contents could have been enhanced by small margin notes about cultural context such as comments on early Christian meetings which days or comments on Paul shaving his head because of a vow just to name a few. No detailed comments have been made regarding certain practices e.g. Jewish burial practice next to the paragraph about the Lord's body being taken down. 
The contributors toed the traditional line of crucifixion even when detailing the Passion Week citing Friday when there is ample evidence to say it probably was a Wednesday - just to give an example. Overall a great reference tool to enhance some background information, easy to read and well laid out.
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Excellent NIV Study Bible
5 stars By Ash, Apr 21 2017
This is an excellent NIV Study Bible for anyone who wants to understand the historical and cultural context of scripture. I have a much better understanding of some of the more difficult books of the Bible because of the historical and cultural explanations that the editors provide. 
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  • Catalogue Code 441850
  • Product Code 9780310431589
  • ISBN 0310431581
  • EAN 9780310431589
  • Pages 2400
  • Department Bibles
  • Category New International Version
  • Sub-Category Study
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Aug 2016
  • Sales Rank #2370
  • Dimensions 242 x 171 x 57 mm
  • Weight 0.002kg
  • Font Size 8.9pt

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